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ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- South Africa

The team that goes into the World Cups as favouites but will return empty handed, South Africa, ever since making their first appearance in the 1992 World Cup, has been the most unluckiest team in the history of World Cups. They were knocked out in the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup courtesy to Duckworth-Lewis method which set them a target of 17 runs to win from one ball.

None would forget the 1999 World Cup semi-finals against Australia which ended in a tie and the Aussies progressing to the Finals on the virtue of defeating the proteas earlier in the tournament. A miscalculation in the 2003 World Cup at home saw them going home at the end of the first round in 2003 followed by a Semi-Final and Quarter finals in 2007 and 2011 editions respectively. These consistent acts of choking in crucial stages has earned them the name “Chokers”. Once again, this year, the Proteas are the favourites to win the World Cup. Here is the analysis of the South African team ahead of the World Cup:

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South Africa are known to choke in big tournaments.

South Africa’s World Cup History:

Year

Position

1992

Semi Finals

1996

Quarter Finals

1999

Semi Finals

2003

First Round

2007

Semi Finals

2011

Quarter Finals

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South Africa’s chances in the World Cup depends on these two modern day batting greats Hashim Amla (left) and AB de Villiers.

South Africa Squad for the ICC World Cup 2015:

Captain: AB de Villiers

Coach: Russell Domingo

Batsmen:

  •          Hashim Amla
  •          Faf du Plessis
  •          AB de Villiers
  •          David Miller
  •          JP Duminy
  •          Rilee Rossouw

Bowlers:

  •          Dale Steyn
  •          Morne Morkel
  •          Vernon Philander
  •          Wayne Parnell
  •          Kyle Abott
  •          Imran Tahir
  •          Aaron Phangiso

All-Rounders:

  •          Farhan Behardien

Wicket Keepers:

  •          Quinton de Kock

Strengths:

  •          An upbeat team in ODIs.
  •          Strong batting order.
  •          Equally strong bowling department.
  •          Very good fielding unit with a lot of energetic youngsters in the side.
  •          Presence of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, modern day batting greats.
  •          Right mix of youth and experience.

Threats:

  •          Failure of their spinner to control the run flow and pick up wickets.
  •           History of choking in big tournaments.
  •          Absence of a quality All-Rounder might be a setback.
  •          Bowling does not have a back-up if Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn fails.

 

Impact Players:

Hashim Amla

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Opener Hashim Amla will look to carry his great form into the World Cup.

Opener Hashim Amla, who is scoring runs for fun in ODIs will be a key factor if the Proteas are set to create history by winning the World Cup. Amla, South Africa’s Test skipper is one of the most consistent batsman at present and has scored a fifty in every second match and has scored a whopping 5359 runs from 104 innings at an astonishing average of over 56. He, along with his partner Quinton de Kock has the tendency to put the opposition bowlers under pressure by scoring quickly in the first 10 overs when the fielders are inside the 30-yard circle. The start he gives provides his team a big platform for the batsmen coming to bat later on in the innings to launch an attack.

AB de Villiers

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Mr. 360 will look to set the stage on fire.

South Africa’s fortunes of doing well in the World Cup depends on how their skipper AB de Villiers fares. He is the best batsmen at present by a long way as he is calculative, consistent, aggressive and innovative in his approach as he reads the situation well when he bats. He can play an ultra-defensive innings as well as a brutal innings and his ability to switch gears with ease makes him stand out among the others. More than his contributions with the bat, he is also an electrifying fielder who throws himself in the field and saves some crucial field. His inputs as a captain and decisions he has to take will be crucial in putting the Chokers tag to an end.   

Imran Tahir

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South Africa will hope for Imran Tahir to do well for them.

55 wickets from 29 innings in an ODI is a remarkable achievement. Imran Tahir remains a vital part in South African scheme of things in the World Cup where the conditions does not suit him. Still, he has the ability to keep the batsmen under check and pick up wickets at regular intervals. He might go for runs in his spell but also picks you wickets whenever needed. It can be evident by the fact that he has an average of just 20 balls for a wicket with an economy of 4.39.

Dale Steyn

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Steyn Gun will be fired up for the extravaganza

South Africa have AB de Villiers, the best modern day batsmen in their ranks and also the best bowler at present Dale Steyn in their line-up as well. Steyn is all about picking wickets and keeping the batsmen under check. The playing does not matter for a bowler of Steyn’s calibre as he used to trouble the batsmen in any surface be it a green track or a bouncy wicket or a flat pitch. He runs in, bowls at 140 kmph consistently, swings the ball with pin-point accuracy and troubles the batsmen. Steyn, along with Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel can be deadly against opposition. With Steyn firing on all cylinders, South Africa are a threat to the opposition.

Possible Playing XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf de Plessis, AB de Villiers, David Miller, JP Duminy, Farhan Behardien, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

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can the Proteas play hard and win the cup for their country?

South Africa’s Schedule in the ICC World Cup 2015:

Match No.

Date

Against

Venue

Time

1

15-2-2015

Zimbabwe

Hamilton

0630 IST

2

22-2-2015

India

Melbourne

0850 IST

3

27-2-2015

West Indies

Sydney

0850 IST

4

3-3-2015

Ireland

Canberra

0850 IST

5

7-3-2015

Pakistan

Auckland

0630 IST

6

12-3-2015

UAE

Wellington

0630 IST

Quarter Finals begin from March 18

Semi-Finals Takes place on March 24 and March 26

Finals on March 29 in Melbourne

 

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